Sunday, October 08, 2006

Toothpaste free

Well 24 hours after giving up toothpaste I'm feeling a great deal better, in spite even of going out to lunch today.

It could be the impact also of taking three anti-histamines yesterday - right up to the doctor's limit. But I have taken none today.

I have checked several toothpaste tubes but none contain allergy warnings. In fact the best one, Sensodyne, seems to skirt around the subject. "As with all toothpastes," it suggests "if it irritates your gums stop using it." Sensodyne is of course formulated to protect "sensitive" gums.

I wouldn't like anybody to believe allergy is the main cause of gum disease - but it never seems to be mentioned as a possible cause.

We need a campaign to get allergy warnings on toothpaste. Amazing that one of the substances that enters the mouth most frequently contains none.

About cellulose gum: it is generally regarded as a gluten free substance and may even used in some free from products. Sources include cotton and wood fibre - would you believe! That does not seem to suggest there is much control over the content of it. If anybody has any inside information, let me know.

More updates on toothpaste later.

108 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello from coastal Georgia! I just wanted to let you know that I finally figured out, after months of progressively worse itchy skin around my mouth, hmmm- maybe my toothpaste was causing it? I switched to using nothing but baking soda to test the theory, and for the first time in months, I have perfectly clear, non-itching skin. It was a horrible itch- like you wanted to dig your nails into the skin around your mouth and just scratch until there was nothing left. I guess from here on out, I am just going to have to brush with baking soda and floss very carefully- I am literally scared to use toothpaste anymore.

gillian said...

Hello from houston! I have been on and off suffering from toothpaste allergies my entire life, sometimes I'll go for 3 months on the same toothpaste and then a nonretractable horrible perioral rash and extreme leukoplakia will take over my entire mouth area. It is cool to know that someone else suffers from toothpaste allergies too (My friends laugh but it's only vaguely humorous). Doctors never told me about it, I was constantly off and on steroid creams to fight symptomatic inflammation. They told me i was salivating on myself at night and the digestive enzymes were eating my face. Haha! One day after switching toothpastes, i noticed my mouth magically wasn't itching, and since then I've known that I can develop toothpaste sensitivities. I too have had the best luck with plain baking soda in lieu of toothpaste, but I have been warned that it's too abrasive more than once weekly use.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
AS a Dental professional i wanted to give you a little info. Toothpaste is used only to supply you with your teeth's fluoride need. YOu clean your teeth by the manual movement of brushing, nothing else. There is NO other benefit from using toothpaste, unless it is a toothpaste to prevent sensitivity. So, if you are suffering any side effects of toothpaste, simply stop using it and receive your topical fluoride in other forms, such a fluoride rinse. Using water is a great alternative to toothpaste, but i would not recommend using backing soda, as it is much to abrasive and will quikly cause your enamel to wear away.

pf said...

Thanks for these comments. An update on this in November 2007 as this posting predated the diagnosis of salicylate hypersensitivity. I have given up all toothpaste and am lucky in having a fluoridated water supply. My dentist doesn't think I clean my teeth enough despite using an electric brush and has recommended five minutes a session!

Anonymous said...

xtxzvhI suffer from an extremely dry mouth and throat no matter what toothpaste I use. It is horrible, nothing will relieve the dryness, not water, or sucking on candy, etc. I finally figured out that it is toothpaste and have stopped using it entirely and voila! no more dry mouth or throat. Amazing. Am a little worried about keeping my teeth clean but was interested in the comments from the dental professional. I will talk to my dentist about possible substitutes. Thanks for all the information.

Anonymous said...

By trial and error I finally figured out I have a toothpaste allergy. I also have a lot of skin allergies, so this isn't surprising.

I was having ongoing problems with my gums becoming red and inflamed, so I would start using water as the mint in the toothpaste made my gums burn. After a month or so I would start using toothpaste again and same thing. Switched to Biotyne thinking that would help... not. I have been toothpaste free for several months and have had no problems with my gums whatsoever.

Surprisingly, I don't have any skin allergy to toothpaste.

Anonymous said...

I've very sensitive skin too. Recently my mouth has been getting red and sore after using a Crest brand toothpaste, although I've grown up with that brand. I just happened on to this site because the cause and effect just clicked. I also use biotene and think that my dry mouth and sensitive gums over the past ten years were actually signs of what biotene claims to prevent and help. (My girlfriend told me about it.) I facial skin also is very sensitive to the gel-kam product that I use so I make sure I rinse outside my lips area when using.
My dentist had me using soft bristles for the past years and just any product for sensitive gums which has not helped prevent my brittle teeth and gum recission despite it looking quite well, no one really sees what is happening along the gum line.
I hope there is more awareness that dry mouth is a early sign of a symptom that can when attended to can prevent damage to teeth in later years.
I always thought my sensitive and dry skin carried over to my teeth. Not so. Anyone else can contribute to this?

Anonymous said...

It is so refreshing to hear I'm not the only one!~ After 3 dermatologists and several hundred dollars of useless medications for a kool aid ring. Has anyone seen Something About Mary where that man at the end of the movie itched from nerves? Thats how bad it itched; I could have drawn blood. Now, 2 weeks without toothpaste and 1 tube of over the counter benadryl cream- its disappeared. I use a floride rinse to brush with.

catchrosa said...

I have been battling canker sore/imflamation/ulcer sores/you name it inside my mouth for about two years. It travels everwhere from my gums, under my tongue, on the top my tongue, my lips, inside of my lips, etc.

In fact, I have several sores on my tongue as we speak and I was complaining to my boyfriend this morning, that my sore woke me up in the middle of night because it was soooo painful.

I have always suspected that it was my toothpaste because when we switched from commerical toothpaste to natural Care Tom's of Maine tooth paste, thinking that we ought to be more health-conscious. :)

I started digging (I wish I had done that before!) and found this website. Well, now I know there is such thing as toothpaste allergy! I'm definitely tossing them all out. What a relief.

Sigh.

paul said...

Has anyone ever felt a flushed feeling? It's kind of like a slight perspiration and/or a general weak feeling after brushing with toothpaste? It is short lived with me but it does occur. I just realized this after many years of having this. I never really thought much of it.

nin said...

Some toothpastes have tricolsan as an antibacterial ingredient. This turns to chloroform gas when mixed with tap water, so I've read. Maybe this is causing your flushed, weak feeling. Check it out.

Anonymous said...

I have been suffering from a case of Perioral Dermatitis (rash around my mouth) for approx. 4 years. It's very annoying and the treatment is almost worse for your body than just having the rash. I've been "drug" free for a few months now, and the rash keeps coming back in cycles. I've finally decided to log what I've been eating to see if I can narrow down what aggrevates it. I only recently thought that perhaps it was my toothpaste and have gone through a few brands in the past few months. I just came upon this site today and am hoping that this may be the answer. My only question is: does brushing without toothpaste actually keep your mouth feeling clean?

pf said...

It feels for a while like you will develop bad breath. However I've listened careful to what my dentist says and I use an electric toothbrush, trying to get all the plaque out. I'm pleased to say that my teeth now feel a lot healthier than they have for years - no sensitive gums at all.

You may find you end up with cleaner teeth than you had before!

Anonymous said...

the REAL kicker about having atoothpaste allergy is that when your gums start hurting...YOU BRUSH MORE OFTEN...thereby enhancing the effect...SLS.. artificial cinnamon...anything zingy like tartar remover and whiteners do me in...when i realize what's going on i feel fooled again...

Anonymous said...

I am relieved to find this site because it confirms what has happened to me. I stopped taking Caltrate immediately when my mouth became sensitive. However, my lips continued to swell, became red, firm, and the skin around my mouth flaked. Although I had safely used the same toothpaste for years, I began to question whether I had become allergic to it. I stopped using it and my lips slowly became normal size and color and my skin stopped flaking. Recently, I tried my tooth paste again one morning, but by evening my mouth was red, swollen and my skin was flaking as before. I have been using baking soda to brush my teeth, but now will definitely find another alternative.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was going crazy! I would get instant mucous to the point of gagging from any toothpaste I tried. It would cover my tongue and I couldn't get it off... I know really gross! I finally decided that it had to be some ingredient in the paste but couldn't find a toothpaste (even Toms and baking soda) that didn't create the same response. I am relegated to brushing with water and once every couple of days I will brush with a mouth rinse, but even that causes the same response. Unlike other posters I have no dermal rash, etc. Tonight I was snuggling my son as he went to sleep, he apologized for the mucous he was trying to clear from his throat... I had asked what he had eaten recently- he replied nothing. So I now realize my son has the same problem just not to the degree I have. I am grateful to this site, even though there are no others with the same problem, because at least I am not alone.

Anonymous said...

I have been experiencing flaking on by bottom lip and the lower part of my top lip for quite some time now. I figured out it was my toothpaste a while ago, but didn't know what to do about it because I grew up with this brand and don't like any of the other brands. I resorted to brushing with my head hanging back, but that was short lived. Brushing without toothpaste never even crossed my mind, I thought it would be very unhealthy for your teeth, but this site has made me think twice and I'm excited to try it. I'm hoping to get my old lips back.

Anonymous said...

To correct the comment I just left. It isn't just flaking, it is as if the entire top layer of skin on my bottom lip completely dies beginning a half hour after brushing my teeth. THEN it would flake. And I would consequently have to remove THE ENTIRE TOP LAYER OF SKIN FROM MY BOTTOM LIP. Which can take all damn day. So once again, I am very excited to try this new solution.

EmZ wilz said...

well at first i was told by my GP that i had lick eczema (some totally made up term) he told me he'd just watched me lick my lips (I am not a lip licker!) and he gave me steroids and 5 years later its still there.

My lips are HORRIBLE people say i drink vimto :( they always flake in huge scales then this skin gets infected i even get hives round my lips :O swellings the corners crack to nearly a centimeter.

From readin all this, confirms what i thought it could be toothpaste and i will try this but lets not kid ourselves...IF U SMOKE THEN THATS PROBABLY THE REASON. i will try the sodium bicarb and if that dunt work ill have to quit smoking!!! haha

Melissa T said...

A few days ago, the skin between my gums and lips, and under my tongue, AND the top of my tongue have broken out in a painful rash that feels like invisible canker sores EVERYWHERE! PLUS I have a swollen tongue.

I was clueless as to what did this to me. I ate no new foods, drinks, etc. But when I went to brush my teeth yesterday, I realized all of my irritation is RIGHT where my toothbrush hits me.... and I just bought some new toothpaste!

It sounds pathetic to be allergic to toothpaste, but this reaction is KILLING me!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have had a artificial cinnamon allergy since I was a kid. I would always get a rash around my mouth and ulcers on the oral mucosa if I used cinnamon flavored toothpaste or chewed cinnamon flavored gum/ candy. I finally figured out what was causing it after chewing on a Cinnamon Altoid. It felt like I was chewing on acid and I developed mouth ulcers. Ever since I stopped using anything with artificial cinnamon in it I have no problems. The real cinnamon does not cause me any problems.

Dropwise said...

Anonymous with the mucous! OMFG!
I have had the same thing, as soon as I get toothpaste in my mouth, my lungs start filling up with mucous until I can hardly breathe... I just start choking and gagging on it. It usually lasts at least a couple hours and more frequent use of toothpaste makes the symptoms worse. Even when my fiancee kisses me after brushing her teeth the same thing happens. It's made me the subject of ridicule my whole life so I'm *so* glad to hear that I'm not the only one! Anyone else go through this? Anything to use? My teeth are in really bad shape and I'm at a total loss as to what to do. BTW, i know how everybody else feels... for some reason any amount of vinegar causes the glands in my mouth to swell and large blisters/lesions to form that sometimes take almost a week to heal. I hate my body!

Annieb said...

This is a very interesting site.
I have been suffering from excess saliva for some time now and I am beginning to suspect it could be toothpaste that's causing it. I am about to stop using it to find out.

Anonymous said...

I have only just recently discovered sites that mention about toothpaste allergies..it was never something that crossed my mind before. I suffer with red chapped skin around the top of my top lip, and below my bottom lip. I have suffered with this for the past 14 yrs!! without having found a cure. I had tried numerous steroid tablets, steroid creams, anti bacterial creams all prescribed to me by my doctor, even had a skin allergy test done. The only time it subsided was when I was pregnant and for about a year afterwards...then it slowly became to come back..I can go weeks with no effects, then suddenly over night, I get red itchy skin..if I leave it alone and do not put on any creams it will then begin to flake and itch more..I find too that because of using steroid creams it has damaged the skin, and it can look a lot worse during the cold months, as the skin can look purple..I guess as scar tissue does in the cold. I am not sure what it is in the toothpastes I have used that sparks it all off..but maybe there is an alternative out there somewhere that someone may know of to combat these problems, but that will still give you fresh breath and clean teeth?...and does anyone know if mouthwash could cause this too?

Anonymous said...

I started getting a rash around my mouth (red, swelled lips, flaking, very itchy)about five years ago after I'd switched to a whitening toothpaste. I also was getting a rash on my arms at the same time. I went through months of doctors giving me creams that either did nothing or made the symptoms worse. Finally, I asked my doctor to send me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist took one look at me and said "Have you recently switched toothpastes?". I was shocked. He said often people are allergic (contact dermatitis) to ingredients in toothpaste, and it could be the same ingredient that is also found in sunscreen. He recommended that I use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda toothpaste. I did, and it cleared up and no more rashes for years. I also stopped using sunscreen and the other rash stopped. Now, Arm & Hammer has discontinued their regular baking soda toothpaste, and the 'sensitive' one that replaced it is causing the rash again. I'm very frustrated, because brushing without toothpaste would not be very refreshing. I have an appointment with a dermatologist to have patch testing done to determine the allergen.

Anonymous said...

I think another problem is most people probably use too much toothpaste. We are taught to brush are teeth when were young and most probably see more as being better.

You also may find allergies is herbal toothpastes as many of those contain exotic ingredients that few have exposure to.

Many people who suffer a toothpaste allergy probaly do not realize it as they fortunately only suffer minor symptoms.

Francisca said...

Hi,
I have just found your site! I am starting to think that I might be allergic to toothpaste just my symptomes are different from all of yours: my throat often itches and also have nose and eye problems, ithing in the eyes and colds. I have no idea whether this could also be caused by the tooth paste. I have now switched to a toothpaste without mint as I am trying some homeopathic remedies and I seem to be better.

coelacanth said...

Ya'll, I finally figured out that my nasty toothpaste rash was caused by carrageenan, a sea weed extract which is used to thicken the toothpaste (and other things). Some of no-frills toothpastes do not contain carrageenan. Worth a try anyway, if you want to keep using toothpaste.

My allergist was no help on this, BTW. He suggested I wipe my face better after eating. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello very interesting site, i found this when looking for a possible cause for myswillwn sore gums inside my top teeyh and the top of my throat. I feel like a dumm skull - because recently I swithed from a cheap tooth paste, which soon notice had caused the same problems as outlined above and a begam using sensodyne paste as my tooth was a tad painful. Din't know why i didn't conect the sumptoms again - so I will swicth to another one.
Thank you for saying about the gagging when cleaning teeth because this is something I have been doing for years - this had stoppped when i was using the sensodyne paste.
Thanks to everyone for all the very useful info and also it's good to know that I'm not alone in these things.
Hope everyone gets sorted because pain /soreness in the mouth can so easily pull you down - keep on in there peple.

jessicali said...

only after i brush my teeth, or even worse, use mouthwash, do i get a gross film in my mouth. the film is white and covers the inside of my lips. after i remove the film i have tiny bumps that last hours. also, my gums get red and my mouth feels a bit swollen. my dentist says i have to take better care of my gums. now i use a sonicare toothbrush and a water pic, both products feel great, but my gums are still red after brushing, and i still have the other gross symtoms. for years i thought this could be from toothpaste or flouride or some ingredient in both. apparently i am not as bright as the rest of you that actually discontinued something that may be an irritant. so starting tomorrow, no more toothpaste. my toothbrush will be going commando to see if this clears up.
so has anyone else had the same symptoms that i have?
and if you don't use toothpaste, will you have bad breath during the day?
and does anyone have the same issues with that ingredient in gum - xylitol? maybe i will fight cavities with chewing gum.

Anonymous said...

I also have the problem with the film in my mouth when I use toothpaste, inside my cheeks and on my lips. Gross. I tried using aloe vera toothpaste and it wasn't so bad but I was never sure if it was good enough to clean your teeth. Now I know that it isn't necessary to use paste at all, but how do you freshen your mouth? Chewing gum doesn't affect me.

Anonymous said...

omg....I'm not alone...i have most of da symptoms!
1) i hav burning sensation around my lips when i brush
2) i had sore-throat for a year n my ent specialist put me on fluticasone nasal spray, da moment i stop it, i get sore-throat & tonsillitis
3) my gum is swollen and red
4) my tongue is swollen, reddish and sore
5) i hav whitish thin membrane like thing shedding off from my inner cheek & lips
and i'm surprised to find out dat i;m allergic to toothpaste!! thanks for da info, i'll meet my dermatologist tomorrow..
i changed my toothpaste today, it dripped down n caused my lower lip to swell & itch...

Kass said...

When I typed in "allergic to toothpaste?" I didn't really expect to get much info. Glad to know I'm not alone. As I read most of the comments I thought but that's not me; doesn't anyone else have the type of reaction I do?
I am mildly asthmatic, and the reaction I have is like having an asthma attack, My sinus and sometimes my lungs begin to fill with mucus,my breathing gets a little labored, so much mucus,and also excess saliva, is poring that my stomach gets real upset. These symptoms last from 2 to 4 hours, unless I drink something like tea or Coke, then of course I need to brush my teeth again. That's okay during the day, I just chew gum instead, but at bedtime, sometimes it's so bad I have to take Benedryl to call it off and even use an inhaler other times.
I hadn't thought of not using toothpaste, only "surely there's a toothpaste that won't do this." Some are not as bad as others but as best I can tell both standard and natural cause some kind of problem.
I think I will begin experimenting, NO toothpaste! Sounds radical.
KJM

Lisa said...

I have been having a good experience with "oil pulling". I use Safflower oil which is salicylate free. My teeth have whitened and my mouth really enjoys it. You should try it sometime. I just use one tablespoon of the oil, two or three times a day. "Oil pulling" advice websites say all sorts of things on how to do it 'properly', but really - you just put it in your mouth and swish it around - how hard is that? ;)

Anonymous said...

OMG!! I'm so glad I found these post. I have an 8yr old son and he's being sniffing and almost gagging everynight when he goes to bed. HE finally told Me that it was the toothpaste which I really didn't beleive i just thought he didn't want to brush. But just to prove a point I let him go to bed without brushing his teeth and he actually slept through the night and did not sniff or have to clear his throat one time. I can not believe we have gone to the doctors countless times and I give him so many allergy medicines and that was all it took. And it took an 8yr old to figure it out. But now what? What kind of toothpaste should he use. He is asthmatic and we have been going back and forth to doctors for years his sleep quality has been so poor due to this and i can't believe it was so simple.

Diana said...

My sister and I both get mucous when we use certain toothpastes. I am not completely sure, but I think that crest is the worst. I haven't used it for years. I use Tom's with more success. I suggest trying different brands.

To the woman with the eight year old. You made me laugh!

gillian said...

So I posted once previously in 2007, now it's 2 1/2 years later and I have found that Tom's of Maine's SLS free fluoride free toothpaste is ok for me, but not their fluoridated toothpaste. I just feel so angry because each tube is 7 dollars, and it is made by Colgate, what a rip off, but still cheaper than visiting the derm 3 times a year. But still, who spends 100 dollars on toothpaste a year?? Every couple months I wonder what it'd be like to try regular toothpaste, and I use my boyfriend's Crest toothpaste only to break out in this weird mouth rash again. I have found that with some toothpastes, it takes longer for the rash to recur, and slathering vaseline on your skin before brushing your teeth can help protect it from the irritation.

Anonymous said...

I have been getting a round rash around my mouth, and also a slight excema like rash on my cheeks and chin for the past year. I have just realised that I might be allergic to toothpaste and that it is probably perioral dermatitis. I once cured it with tea tree oil and ACV ..I was using both so have no idea which one cleared it up but i thought it was the tea tree oil. Recently.. it appeared again. I remember reading a long time ago that putting a cup or two of porridge oats in your bath water is a good cure for excema. So this past week I have been experimenting with porridge on my face and my rash is almost gone. I put some porridge oats in a little pot, added hot water and a couple of drops of tea tre oil..and just dabbed the porrdige juice on my face throughout the day. Give it a try for your rash, whatever it is, it worked for me.

Anonymous said...

I am starting my 50's and all of my life had to adjust to allergies, from ragweed and related foods, hair dye preservatives and recently toothpaste. I am a Medical Technologist and licensed in all 50 states. I mention this because, making a long story short, we use CREAM OF TARTAR to clean warm water baths because it has minimal abrasion = less bacterial contamination = better for teeth than baking powder. I also use salt to dry clean my coffee pot = another alternative. A tic-tac helps to freshen. I had a gum biopsy because of white spots that moved around. It wasn't candidiasis (thrush) or cancer but ruled as an irritation = years later, as the allergy progressed, I decided it was toothpaste. I am mildly asthmatic and also experienced these symptoms upon retiring after using toothpaste, mucous build up and external oral skin irritation. Fluoride is in our water, a soft dry toothbrush removes plaque, careful flossing, lots of swishing and cream of tartar > salt > baking powder = a cavity free mouth! I hope this additional information helps someone else.

Hannibal 89 said...

Im glad i come across this sight! I have suffered with constant mouth ulcers for over a year, up to 10 at a time. Doctor was no help of corse just told me i was stressed! I stopped using one toothpaste for a while just for a change and my ulcers disappeared, i used the old toothpaste again and now my mouth is sore! Will definately try no toothpaste - really didn't think you could do that! Praise to this sight!

Anonymous said...

This is pretty amazing, I thought I was an odd one out being (mildly) allergic to toothpaste- but so far only herbal toothpastes (I have tried 3 or 4 different types). I get itchy, flaky, red skin at the corners of my mouth and they open up and in worse cases have bled. Its a bit gross.

Anonymous said...

Everyone - this site really helped me out a ton.

You really need to read this article. This is what I think I have had - almost exactly the same:

http://www.jcadonline.com/2487/toothpaste-allergy-diagnosis-and-management/

MRochell said...

Wow, that's a great tip to brush teeth with safflower oil! Yes, even Tom's has sodium lauryl sulfate which is often what causes the irritation. I brush with a very little bit of Himalayan salt and it's great for the gums, and my teeth come out shiny. When I need a toothpaste I use a salicylate free one which works really well for whitening.

I just found a website which has a free course with very useful information on ways to take care of your teeth with diet and using natural and non allergenic methods, at http://www.curetoothdecay.com

Anonymous said...

I am so pleased to have found this site. I have just been to the Dentist and he thinks that it must be thush - despite having no other symptoms other than the dry, cracked lips. I tried telling him that it often got better if I changed toothpaste, but I have now pretty much run out of brands I can tolerate. I will look in to this more, but the thought of going without toothpaste is a bit radical. I would feel unclean. There really ought to be allergy warnings on toothpaste - and I don't understand why they have to have so much anti-bacterial stuff in them.

Anonymous said...

This site has helped me to cinfirm that I might be allergic to Sensodyne toothpaste. I started to use Sensodyne toothpaste as it was advertised as a solution to sensitive teeth, however a few months back, during christmas, one of my teeth beagan to hurt, I simply brushed them twice a day, my gums began to hurt and my right side of my mouth felt really sore, I had to take paracetmole to ease the pain before I could sleep. I ignored my symptoms and thought I would have to see a dentist, if the pain didn't go. Then on the fith day I decided not use toothpaste. Within a week the pain in my gums and teeth dissapeared and I thought that I shouldn't have bought it from a cheap shop.
I continued to brush my teeth with water.

Before My holiday, I brought the same toothpaste from the pharmacy. Which was quite expensive. I went away and used the toothpaste only to have the same symptoms , sore gums,aching teeth and tiny alsors in my mouth. I decided to leave the paste out for a few days, my gums began to cool off. Now today I tried the paste again. It has numbed the pain in the tooth but my gums are sore and I have alsors again.

After reading this site and other sites on toothpaste allergy I am not going to use Sensodyne, just use water untill the pain has gone.
I am also thinkng of contacting a dentist to check the health of my teeth and mouth.

Anonymous said...

My tongue and lips were burning. I tried various prescriptions the doctor recommended. Nothing helped. I went to 2 ears, nose and throat doctors and they thought it was from the chemo i stopped getting 2 months before.
They couldnt see any problem in my mouth. I tried 10 different tubs of toohpaste. Toms , a childrens toothpaste and finally stopped toothpaste altogether. The burning has stopped.

Anonymous said...

I have been allergic to cinnamon for 10 years, toothpaste & mouth wash are a nightmare. Listerine is loaded with cinnamon, I just found a mouthwash that contains a separate flavor sachet so I can just throw it in the bin, hooray! The mouthwash is essentially dilute hydrogen peroxide, and it is called Retardex oral rinse in the UK. So far no problems. I used to get swollen areas, ulcers and blistering.

Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear some of you share the same problems I am having. Over the past several months I have had these little white spots show up inside my mouth and on the inside of my lips. They usually don't bother me much, but once and a while they break out almost like a cancker or cold sore. They come and go quickly, but can feel the skin in my mouth is different and can slightly see the spots. I was prescribed medicine for thrush last week. My doctor is also doing a blood work up because he is afraid it could be cancer. My wife wouldn't kiss me because we were afraid it could be the thrush. Two days ago she brushed her teeth and came in and started kissing me. Instantly the burning in my mouth started. I went in and put her toothpaste all around my mouth and the white spots broke out and made sores instantly. My lips even felt like they swelled up and were burning. I use a different toothpaste than her and found my toothpaste is probably causing some small effects, but hers really causes problems. Funny thing is hers is Colgate Synsodyne Toothpaste. Well, I think this is it as weird as it is. I will still wait to see what my blood results say.

Anonymous said...

I dont know if what i have is actually caused by toothpaste, but im wondering if any of you have also experienced CRACKS in the corners of your mouth? I have been researching, and have found that its likely ANGULAR CHELITIS, a condition that means you get fissures and cracks on the corners of your mouth. I have a topical ointment that my doctor gave me that helps it go away, but low and behold, it keeps coming back. I am wondering if the toothpaste i am using, or gum i am chewing, is causing this? I heard peppermint flavour in gum can cause this, and certain ingredients in toothpaste. Currently, i am using COLGATE ADVANCED clean whitening toothpaste. I dont remember how long i have been using it, only its been ages. So i cant understand it. Any ideas???? I am taking a multi-vitamin EVERY day also, bc i read that cracking of the corners of one's lips can be a deficiancy of iron or zinc, or other vitamins. SIGH....i want to find out a solution!

Anonymous said...

It's great to hear other people are allergic too!
I've always used crest toothpastes all my life, but one day decided to try some colgate. An itchy rash developed on the side of my mouth and after about a week I realized it was the toothpaste. I've experimented and found that triclosan is what I'm allergic to, but also all other colgate products. Regardless of whether triclosan is an ingredient or not. Just tonight I used crest pro-health whitening toothpaste and found the inside of my mouth and the tip of my tongue had gone numb and now feels like I've drank something burning hot. The crest pro-health without whitening did not effect me. Now I will be using Toms.

Anonymous said...

I just diagnosed myself with toothpaste allergy. My reaction is in my chest and somwhat in my sinuses. I end up wheezing and coughing. I get congested. sometimes I can't stop and have to take cough/bronchial medicine. I can hear wheezing as I breathe in and out. If it's at nighttime, I end up not getting to sleep for hours. Thanks for all the comments!

Anonymous said...

I recently discovered I was allergic to toothpaste - all kinds from colgate to natural. I have been having this itch on the outside of my mouth for 1-2 years.
I was recommended about 6 mo. ago to rince my mouth in the evenings. with ACT (bubblegumblowout)anticavity Kids Flouoride rince. After everything else failed I started using this flouoride rinse to brush my teeth. It worked. The rinse is a little foaming while brushing, and has a great flavor, and cleans your teeth well. A bottle I believe will last me longer than a tube of toothpaste. You can find it in most drug stoes and is pink colored bubble gum. You not only clean your teeth but are preventing tooth decay.

Anonymous said...

I switched from commercial tothpaste the Green Beaver with Tea tree oil and Peppermint oil and have a horrible rash all over my body for the last month (never suspecting my toothpaste).

After researching I found, Tea tree oil should NEVER be taken internally and now I have become allergic to peppermint oil as well, even when applied to the skin and not the mouth.


Peppermint oil has also been linked to severe dermatitis in some people, even though both of these oils are used to treat dermatitis-IRONIC!

I figured this out when I was using a cream with Tea Tree oil to treat the rash (after I stopped the toothpaste), and the scratching continued!

I have never had ANY allergies to anything in my life, until I switched brands of toothpaste. Now any toothpaste with these ingredients cause me terrible itching all over my body, I wake up all night long scratching my arms and legs.


I am going to try Waleda Calendula toothpaste (peppermint and tea tree free). Will let you know how it goes, but for all of you sufferers, look at those ingredients as a culprit. Even commercial toothpastes can have those oils in there as well, evn though they do not specify (just "mint flavour").

Anonymous said...

Have all the same symptoms, plus being constantly aware of the gums above my front teeth. Feeling like I'm brushing away my gums. Who walks around thinking about their gums?! Anyhow, I recently switched to PerioBrite toothpase and PerioWash mouthwash. Things are going good. No more mouth "shedding". I'm on my second tube. If you're going to try it...I hated the taste of both products at first, but now I love them and my teeth feel clean. Guess you have to give it a good try and not just a day or two.

Anonymous said...

I developed a toothpaste allergy out of nowhere...red, sore and peeling on and around my lips. started using aloe vera toothpaste and was cured in a matter of days. the toothpaste was SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) FREE so thought thats what had been causing the problem. changed to aloe vera anti cavity and the rash has flared up again so have narrowed it down to sodium monoflurophosphate also being a problem. my advice would be keep changing products until u find something that suits. if its at its worst in the morning it definately a toothpaste allergy!!

chad said...

I believe that tootpaste is causing my problems. Have used Crest Whitening with Scope forever. I have had sore gums and aching teeth more and more often and now its like all the time. Along with that I have developed sinus problems and drainage from my nose when I bend over (is nasty like pure warm water pouring from my nose) this happens mostly in the mornings after brushing. Mouth ulcers are extremely common and itchy nose and eyes also. I have switched brands and immediately i feel great, even have more energy and errr, stuff (ask my wife). I don't think its about a particular brand, however, I am going to find a way to leave toothpaste behind. I'm not going back to the constant pain.

VA3MHD said...

Whoah! I can't believe how many people here suffer from toothpaste allergy, just like I do! After many years of receeding gums and no real reason as to why it was happening, I did an experiment by removing toothpaste from my brushing regime and used Arm&Hammer baking soda with flossing. My receeding gumline started to come back and my tooth sensitivity went away in about two weeks. I couldn't believe it! I was so happy it worked! :-) Something so simple actually worked. After about 2 weeks, I then retried the Crest Pro-Health Sensitive toothpaste and I was in for a world of discomfort again. The more I uses that toothpaste, is the more I depended on it I became for my tooth sensitivity and the worse my gumline began to recede and my tooth sensitivity increased. I stopped using it after about a week. So, now I use baking soda and will buy a fluoride rinse to suppliment my brushing (as suggested in this blog after reading it [Act Bubblegum Blowout for Kids/Adults]). Baking soda is harmless when disolved in water. I used to use Arm&Hammer sensitive toothpaste for years, before switching to the Crest toothpaste, and I might give instead the Arm&Hammer original a try again for its convenience and ease of application to my Sensodyne toothbrush. My dentist always told me that you don't need toothpaste to brush your teeth. He said if you use toothpaste, you just need to put an amount the size of a pea in order to brush with. Anything more may do more harm than good. He also said that toothpaste manufacturers design toothpaste to be tasty, colourful, and sudzy as a marketing gimmic for people to get hooked into their ritualistic brushing behaviour by associating the taste and sensation to their brushing ritual. People rarely switch toothpaste so other brands compete for sales by changing it up anyway they can and often. I'm disappointed that toothpaste manufacturers have used the gen. pop. as guineapigs for their marketing campaigns. It's hurting people and possibly much worse!!!

Smile makeover said...

If you ever wondered what toothpaste you are going to use, better ask your dentist about it. Since your dentist know everything about your teeth. As far as I know, toothpaste contains fluoride is much better to prevent tooth decay and cavities.

Anonymous said...

All these comments are very fun to read and makes me feel less lonely! I am now becoming an expert in bizarre allergies and did you notice that nobody around you believe you tell them about them! I am allergic to toothpaste, recycled toilet paper, and peroxide, benzalconium, chlorexidine ( these... probably because of my thirty years working in a hospital) and the list gets bigger with the years...Our life now, comparing to old time, is full of chemicals and additives and allergies will become more important in the future. But your dentists and doctors are always the latest to know about them. The proof! I am a doctor myself! I know more about special allergies because I am a victim and not because I read about them in medical litterature!

Anonymous said...

After months, years of watching the skin around my lips literally cracking, with deep lines (yuk!), and noticing this area stinging with every tooth brushing session. It is not the inside, but the border of my lips, where the paste touches, at the end of brushing :) more so. I think it is the toothpaste causing it...even with the "All Natural, No Fluoride" stuff also. Very depressing to look at these lines getting deeper and deeper! My skin is super sensitive, and I will go toothpaste-free now, and see what happens. thanks al for sharing your experiences.

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Loretta John said...

...that's why we should also consult our dentists about the dental products we use. All of those have passed quality testing, but some may still have flaws that may affect your physical condition. As they say, doctors know what's best for you. :)

Anonymous said...

omg

srsly? im not the only 1-
i went 2 myi doc, nd shez like itzz all cuz of STRESS - nd i literally laughed-i have the same prob flaking mouth area -itchy - burning- nd guess t i recently changed myi toothpaste (crest 3d white)- totally a bad idea (CREST SUCKS)- im gonna use sensodyne -cuz thtz wt i hav 4 nww- hope tht wuld go better

Anonymous said...

Was using Sensodyne for a few years, then a few months ago, I developed sore mouth and canker sore feeling near the tip of my tongue. I thought it was something else, when I realized it might be the toothpaste. I stopped using Sensodyne and my tongue healed after just 2 days. My hygienist kept telling me to use Sensodyne everyday. They need to be aware that it could be bad if used long term and that it may cause side effects.

Alice said...

This is wonderful! I'm not alone! I had been using Sensodyne extra strength for almost 10 years because my teeth were so sensitive, I would literally lay on the floor crying in pain if I changed to anything else. Strange that I had no sensitivities to hot/cold or any food. I started to be numb in the face, fingers and toes about 2 years ago and suspected the Sensodyne but went to all sorts of medical specialists and took every scan known to man. I stopped using all toothpaste, baking soda only, and the pain went away! My dentist suggested that I try "M I Paste" a new product for sensitive teeth. You have to put it on and leave it on overnight. After 4 days of using it I was in such pain I thought I had an abscess, and so did the dentist! I also had a loud ringing in my ears that has yet to go away. Back to only baking soda and because of all your posts I will try cutting back on that. Thank you! The feeling is slowly coming back to my feet, too. None of the medical specialists thought of an allergy for that.

Anonymous said...

I have been having similar symptoms such as cracked dry lips for 15 years. My dermatologist kept giving me steriod creams. Last month I went to a different dermatologist who did allergy tests on me that lasted a week and me going in three times for patch readings. Turns out I'm allergic to cinnamon and mint. My toothpaste was the culprit. I found a mint free toothpaste (Toms of Main childrens, orange) and overnight I am symptom free. It is amazing. I will stay away from mint. Make your doctor do the extensive allergy patch testing that lasts a week. I think it tests for about 150 things. Amazing difference if you have a good doctor that knows what they are doing.

Anonymous said...

I recently switched from colgate to Arm & Hammer whitening tooth paste with baking soda and peroxide and now my whole mouth burns and my gums are very sore. Now that I read other reviews I now know that it is the tooth paste that caused it. I have stopped using it, I hope the problem will go away soon!

SILK said...

I am absolutely stunned! I have a mouth and throat full of ulcers, what looks like thrush on my tongue and every day for months and months I have mild asthma attacks after brushing my teeth. It finally occurred to me a couple of days ago that maybe I was reacting to something in my toothpaste, so I switched brands with no change. On a fluke I decided to google allergic reactions to toothpaste and here I am. I am not crazy about not using something to freshen my breath but I am also not having any luck at all finding a toothpaste that is not minty. My youngest daughter has also been complaining of mouth sores and her lips are cracked at the corners. Wondering now if this is the cause for her as well. We both have Celiac disease, so I will be checking to see if this might be a common malady among Celiacs. Thanks for the advice!

Anonymous said...

Anyone have any alternatives, coconut free toothpastes that they know of and without flouride. Ive been using Listerine for 3 weeks now to brush my teeth and I have a painful sore at the tip of my tongue :/

Anonymous said...

Hello,

The comment from a dental professional about toothpaste mainly being a fluoride vehicle (rather than vital for cleaning) was very interesting.

I have been hit by toothpaste allergy over the past 2 years - knowingly. I actually think the first instance was about 5 years ago but I thought it was later-in-life acne - and the doctor was useless.

Crest gave me mouth ulcers nearly 20 years ago so I've avoided it ever since.

Every enamel boosting variety I’ve tried has caused a reaction (including sensodyne, tesco, Colgate) and I have also reacted to Dentyl mouthwash.

I just wish I could remember which toothpaste I was using when I was reaction free!

I sympathise with someone who said they were scared of toothpaste - I am also wary of, especially at around £3-4 a tube... just to throw it away.
I now try to get any free samples I can!

Recently I found Blanx Sensitive toothpaste seemed ok - but it's pricey. I’m also considering trying Tom's - but it's not straight-forward to find.
Anyone who has a definitive list of non-reactive toothpastes, it would be most welcome!

Alice said...

I am severely allergic to all toothpastes. They CAUSE nerve pain and gum sensitivity and using Sensodyne, etc., only covers up the symptoms. The pain feels like a toothache when I used anything but extra strength Sensodyne.

I have been sensitivity free ever since I gave up all toothpaste 2 years ago and only use baking soda. I use a small amount and dissolve it in my mouth rather than scrubbing my teeth with it.

I tried MI Paste 7 months ago to see if this would help with the sensitivity, but the reaction pain was so severe that I and my dentist thought I had an active abscess.

Am I the only one who believes that the epidemic of "sensitive gums" is really caused by toothpaste?

BamaLori said...

Dear Alice and everyone else here:

If Crest toothpaste has caused neurological symptoms like tingling numbness in extremities and the symptoms like I have; insomnia, hot flashes or sweating, belching, GI discomfort, skin burning, not just on face or in mouth, but the whole right side of my body burns like someone has made me ingest a jar of ICY HOT menthol rub, (daily for six weeks) then spread another jar over the right side of my body; plus:

My teeth are now ruined; dark staining and pitting near gum line; they look horrible;

I have now learned that I am suffering from fructose mal-absorbtion and other food intolerances, such as gluten and must limit my dairy also.

I have now gone to a LOW FODMAP food diet and gluten free; I now enjoy many symptom free days and finally feel healthy again...that is until six weeks ago..., when I ran out of my el cheapo Aim toothpaste;

My husband bought Crest Complete Multi Benefit (new name for poison) it says Whitening + Scope on it.

There is no list of inactive ingredients on the tube; only warnings in English AND Spanish, about contacting the poison control center if your child 6 or under ingests it!!

Crest had been a staple in my house since the 70's.... Why wouldn’t I trust that to be OK? I feel like such an idiot for not thinking of it sooner!

Labeling laws MUST CHANGE... I have been sick for six weeks now.

It burns my throat, my lungs; I’m coughing up stringy mucus. I feel like crud in general...and bloated!!

CREST... because I do not ingest it, it never occurred to me that the absorption through the mouth could wreak so much havoc on me.

I am livid. Doctors don't help either; for ten years I was misdiagnosed with every syndrome you can think of like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic Lyme disease, IBS, migraines, insomnia, bone diseases; and endocrine disease... (And I did have that from the years of CHRONIC MALABSORBTION due to the food intolerances)... you name it, I was given a label for it...oh and the depression ...that then turned into bipolar disorder (they said...more total BS)...the medications made me INSANE...

Through my own research, NOT through the hundreds of thousands wasted on "HEALTHCARE" surgeries, doctors, specialists, and test after test after test and basket loads of drugs that all had horrible side effects did I discover the food intolerance issues...and it was by getting copies of my own lab work and test results, and then researching those instead of trusting what the doctor tells me.
Six months eating low fructose and no gluten... I lost 40lbs and all my pain and sleeplessness... no more neurological issues either, until the toothpaste that is!

Lobby for labeling law changes and be tested for Fructose Malabsorbtion (simply a hydrogen breath test, which of course they never tested me for) or Gluten Intolerance (blood test and or colonoscopy).

Being intolerant to foods is as bad as being allergic to bees; it causes the same reaction in the gut... you just can’t see it, but you dang sure feel it!!

Can you imagine being allergic to something but you don’t know it and you continue to eat it every day? These intolerances affect up to 30 percent of the U.S. population, and I have never heard of it! Not one mention by any of the 30 specialists I saw over the years!

What a eureka moment!! Damn the big companies and doctors, I can do this on my own, they only make it worse every time!!

What I have learned is this:

You must take your health into your own hands these days and read, read and read more...or get screwed by every one you think you can trust, even life long doctors or brands of products you thought to be safe… because making money trumps your health! - Lori Muir Birmingham, Alabama

Anonymous said...

It's funny, I look up everything concerning my health on the web - except my toothpaste allergy/problems! Thanks to everyone for sharing here.

I've known for years that Crest and other popular brands made my entire mouth lining burn and peel off. I thought MentaDent was the only paste I could use. I thought I was happy with it for years, BUT! My chokey/gaggy feeling after brushing is getting worse, too much saliva or something. I can't fall asleep most nights because I am coughing and clearing my throat (to the point of having a sore throat!). Keep thinking I should brush my teeth earlier in the evening - Doh! Time to change toothpastes again.. or stop completely? I'll definitely try it (with flouride rinse on the side I guess). Thanks again for sharing everyong!

Anonymous said...

I developed sleep apnea, dark circles under my eyes and had a tongue that was always slimy and black no matter how much scrubbing I did. I could not breath without nasal sprays, benadry, nasal strips and a humidifier. Also my ears always felt blocked. I gave up using Crest Whitening toothpaste and started using Ivory soap. After the first night my tongue was pink as a babys bottom, I have not used any nasal sprays, the dark circles under my eyes are almost totally gone and my hearing is better. No more slimy tongue and it actually feels smaller as if it had been swollen. Morning breath is a thing of the past. When I went to the dentist today (after he laughed) he said the change in my mouth was like night and day. I have not felt this good in a long time. Ivory soap is my new best friend. Who knew. I found out about it on the internet. Hope this helps someone.

Anonymous said...

I'm stunned...
I've always thought my gagging and vomiting after brushing my teeth was just some weird asthma reaction.
I googled toothpaste allergy because I've developed a rash around my mouth that nothing seems to fix, I recently changed to sensodyne because of sensitive teeth and now I realise that the rash started at about the same time
What is it in the toothpaste that causes the rash?

Anonymous said...

I have recently experienced a toothpaste allergy and it was strange. Every time when I brush my teeth the next thing I wanted do this go to the toilet. Initially I thought I had some sort of food poisoning but soon I figured out the link. I changed to a different brand and all back to normal. After few weeks I wanted prove my theory and tried the toothpaste that caused the this, guess what strait to the toilet.

Anonymous said...

I have been going crazy. I had no idea toothpaste allergies existed and I JUST put two and two together a few minutes ago after a full freaking year of torment. After brushing my teeth, my gums get swollen, my tongue is sore and I experience dry mouth. I also noticed my nose would start to get a bit stopped up. I didn't realize the connection until I forgot to brush my teeth yesterday. No congestion at all. Then today, I brush my teeth, and immediately I am congested. I used all of the different brands...Crest, Colgate...etc. Same effects. I'm going to try something organic to see if I can at least use something....if not, it'll just be plain water and toothbrush. I am so thankful for this blog post. I have been trying to lose weight and allergies make my appetite spike. I have been suffering from depression because of it. If this is the final key, I think my life may have been saved in so many ways. Thank you all. Thank you.

Teresa said...

No, you are all not crazy! My absolutely wonderful dentist was the 1st one to suggest an allergy. I went to her with embarrassing canker sore things/ ulcers on my gums and little hard white painful bumps on my tongue. After she quizzed me, these symptoms appeared the same time as my new toothpaste. I have tried several brands, all natural and organics, they all cause a reaction. Latest reaction from Tom's was my tongue burned like I drank too hot coffee and I developed a cough. Still have the cough 3 weeks after stopping it. Plain water does not make my teeth feel clean at all, feels gross. I also have several contact dermatitis allergans as well. C'est la vie

Cillian Breathnach said...

My toothpaste allergy manifested itself as a really painful rash that covered my whole body apart from my feet and hands. My face would swell up and go numb also, especially my lips, and weirdly usually only on one side. Usually the reaction started around 3-4 hours after I brushed my teeth. It took me over a year to finally identify what the hell was causing all this.

Anonymous said...

wow, read almost all of the comments here and i am amazed!!

i can't tell you when my mouth became overly sensitive, but its been decades. burning when brushing teeth from what i thought was from the mint, not being able to eat spicy foods, even black pepper!

three months ago i had surgery on my shoulder and within a day of the surgery my mouth and the corners of my mouth hurt so bad. it felt like there were little razor cuts on my gums and the corners of my mouth. it felt like there was a rash on the skin around the corners of my mouth and it was swollen. and DRY MOUTH!! brushing my teeth felt like i was using a razor edged toothbrush and it BURNED!!

i have been using a mouth guard this past year to prevent me from clenching and breaking my teeth (lost two this year) and my husband was cleaning it for me after my surgery - i yelled at him because i thought he was just rinsing it for me instead of brushing it and thought he infected my mouth!

i decided to get non mint flavored children's toothpaste to help with the burning mint (Aim Kids Mega Bubble Berry) and with the lips/outer mouth area i thought i was addicted to chap-stick.

Nothing seemed to help with the cracking, burning, rashing, swelling. so i researched and researched the internet and wound up with A&D ointment for my lips.

between the Aim Kids toothpaste and the A&D ointment, it finally cleared up. i don't remember when/how, but i found some info on the toothpaste allergy and wondered. sure enough, through trial and error i realized i have a toothpaste allergy.

i really hate brushing with the kids toothpaste, it just doesn't feel clean enough for me so i don't think that i will go the no toothpaste route. i am experimenting now with my before used Sensodyne (ah it feels good to have clean feeling minty teeth!!) but i may regret it by days end.

i had also suffered (20+ years) from a whitish film on the inside of my cheeks and until i read a previous posters similar symptoms - i realized that that film is now gone (since using kids toothpaste).

i am utterly amazed and stunned!!

Anonymous said...

anonymous said ...... Why is it that everyone I have mentioned being allergic to toothpaste has laughed !!! So this site is a revelation, thanks to all. For about 14 yrs I have had an "Atlas tongue". Neither G.P's nor Dentists could tell me why. I get white patches, bright red patches and very sore edges and even sometimes, after brushing small amouts of blood ! How can this be right ? Most of my life I have suffered with sinus problems, excess mucus in my throat,nasal polyps. Two lot of surgery to remove them. More recently I have started to get a burning around the inside of my upper lip and small white blisters on my gums and a mucus like lining around the inside of my cheeks and upper lower inside lips. I have always had a reaction to spicy food, even pepper which causes my tongue and lips to burn. I have just started having tests, my patch test threw up Methylchloro Isothiazolinone a preservative in many costmetics, tioletries and household products. This was causing me to have sore itchy skin, under arms, scalp and more intimate places, this was due to moist toilet tissues. Who Knew ! I am off to the Dentist today, lets see what he has to say.

MA Sufferer said...

Hello, fellow sufferers! I too have burning lips, redness around the lips, cracked corners, and finally figured it out it was a toothpaste allergy. For a few years, I happily used Tom's Clean & Gentle SLS free, fluoride free, mild spearmint taste, and was free of symptoms. Then, they reformulated it! Now it's called Botanically Bright and there's so much mint in it that my lips immediately got sore. They still make Clean & Gentle with fluoride and peppermint, but that also irritated me. I've tried Burts Bees SLS and Fluoride free, and Biotene PBF that's SLS free but with Fluoride, with no luck. Other than going toothpaste free, has anyone found a non-irritating toothpaste? My dentist is completely useless on the subject. Any ideas? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy I found this site. I knew it was toothpaste. I am not going crazy. I am sitting up now , for hours so tired could not go to bed after brushing with colgate clean mint toothpaste again. Swelling on my cheek and my lips and tongue and gums. Teeth hurt. Was going to the Hospital, severe allergic reaction, itchy back, and head, an dehydration. I will stop using the tothpaste again, i should have never gone back to it. My daughter is ill with GI problems and breathing, coughing bad to, She uses her husbands Crest with whitening and scope. I will tell her to, who knows maybe our Gerd and my IBS will go away. God Bless You All. Thanks, GI

Anonymous said...

Hello from Middle Georgia! I, too, begin to gag immediately upon brushing my teeth with toothpaste, no matter what brand it is. Through the years, I have asked my dentists about this, but they said they never heard of such a problem! I stopped using toothpaste, but decided to try it one more time this morning, and sure enough, I started throwing up mucous and began gagging. Horrible. So, I googled my problem today, and discovered your site. Now I know for sure my reaction is an allergy. So,I will continue to floss religiously, brush only with water, and visit my dentist 2X a year for plaque removal.

Nicole said...

The roof of my mouth felt like it was blistered from a burn and my tongue was swollen songhat I could not speak properly... From a cinnamon altoid. Today is the third day and my mouth feels half-way normal now. I remember that I cannot chew cinnamon gum, use teeth whitening strips/gel, and toothpaste. I used struggled through toothpaste thinking It was a germ killer. Now I see I can use a fluoride rinse instead, thanks to these posts! Maybe I can find out why I am allergic to lipstick... I have to use carmex then dab eyeshadow powder on top for color... Or my lips chap and throb slightly. Now I know I am not crazy:)

Anonymous said...

I had an appointment with a GI doctor last week because of the dry mouth and cracked lips I'd been experiencing for quite some time. I was encouraged to have an endoscopy--which is very expensive. Strangely enough I was coming home from the grocery store and it hit me out of the blue that maybe I have a toothpaste allergy. This iste popped up when I did a Google search and I am surprised to know I'm not the only one. I've never even heard of toothpaste allergies. I'm so relieved to know I can go toothpaste free. Thanks for all of the wonderful stories and advice you've all posted on here. Let's hope my new toothpaste free experiment works. Woohoo!!!

justne said...

Dermatologist in UK recommended using Kingfisher toothpaste (fennel) cos it's low salicylate. Its pretty good and actually tastes ok - the fennel tastes aniseed-ey - like the colgate original. In Australia using Soul Pattinson Plain toothpaste - which tastes awful but at least not allergic to it! Oh the Kingfisher one you can get it with fluride or without.

AmandaC said...

I finally connected the dots and though unsure of the key ingredients, have diagnosed myself with allergic reaction to toothpaste. All my life my mouth burned when I brushed my teeth and it was unbearable to use typical mouth rinse. For hours after brushing my mouth would feel raw, and periodically the skin on the roof of my mouth and in side my cheeks would peel; not to mention frequent canker sores. To make matters worse I have suffered from severe HSV I from early childhood, the years before antivirals were a nightmare of gross painful mouth sours. Now in my 30s on a hunch I tried Biotin for dry mouth. No burning AND cut my HSV I outbreaks by 80%, like maybe 1 or 2 a year and definitely stress related NOT do to the constant irritant of major brand toothpastes. I tried everything short of not brushing, and Biotin is my solution. Not the super fresh squeaky clean of major brand toothpastes, but a happy mouth for me. A little pricey though.

Agnes Marcinik said...

Brushing teeth with salt and/or rinsing with a salt solution (salt dissolved in water) could also be a solution for someone who is allergic to everything else. It's better than just brushing with water.

sally said...

I was tested positive for Compositae Mix allergy which is used to flavor toothpaste. It's the flavoring ingredient in toothpaste that gives you a tingling minty fresh feeling. Trying to find a toothpaste without a minty ingredient is near impossible. I am currently searching around for toothpaste without the minty fresh feeling. Any suggestions would be great. I can't find a NO FLAVOR toothpaste. Symptoms for me are swollen, irritated and burning around the lip line and dry lips. Sometimes the skin around the lip line starts to weep clear liquid. I just tested positive by an allergist a couple of days ago to Compositae Mix.

Anonymous said...

I now use baking soda to brush my teeth - Dentist approved. I have a severe allergic to nickel and a weak reaction perfume mix. Nickel will not be listed it is contamination from the equipment used to make the toothpaste. I also react to high nickel foods.

Anonymous said...



what are you using for dental floss?

Steve said...

I never had a problem with toothpaste until about 7 years ago. I had a bad flu/throat infection that was eventually knocked out by antibiotics but ever since then I have had the symptom some others have of heavy mucous production---I guess similar to an asthmatic reaction, though I've never had asthma. Will try some of the remedies suggested---thanks for all the great info---great site!

Anonymous said...

Hello from Upstate NY!

Like many have stated, I too have diagnosed myself with this issue. After living in Canada during the winter season, I discovered using toothpaste caused a ring of fire to develop around my mouth. Since then I have had sensitivity to toothpaste and must brush my teeth before I shower with Vaseline around my lips to protect the corners of my mouth and chin area. If don't strictly follow this routine, the corners of my lips get sensitive and red then darken. I also develop a sore on the center of my chin that burns. Sometime last year, I switched to TheraBreath toothpaste and mouthwash for change. It worked great until my teeth started having brown spots, but what I found to be most remarkable was that my lips and gums lightened after I stopped using mainstream commercial brands of toothpaste. I went back to using Crest Pro Health and the darkening returned, but boy are my teeth white! After reading a few suggestions here, I will attempt a toothpaste free routine because the darkening has progressively worsened. Thank you all for sharing your experiences!

Anonymous said...

Hello from Jamaica. I used Crest baking soda & peroxide last night and immediately my lips were burning and swollen. I had to take some antihistamines right away as I felt my body was going into shock. One day after and I'm still feeling the effects, my mouth is blistered and my gum hurts. I know I wasn't going crazy so I began to research and came upon this site, which have given me so much insight on toothpaste allergy. Thanks to all who have shared their experiences. I will be trying some of these remedies.....really do not want to relive last night.....

Denis Neporent said...

If the teeth along with dental hygiene usually are not healthy along with in good shape it's not at all recommended to use one of the best whitening toothpaste solutions.
Always check with your dentist if you're unsure. While whitening toothpastes are great to brighten your laugh,
to keep it doing this you ought to maintain consistent and suitable brushing practices.
This in reality is since important if not more important versus toothpaste itself.

Anonymous said...

I've been experiencing a lot of nasal congestion, dark circles around my eyes, excessive mucous production, and a chronic cough. I have been a Crest Regular user all of my life and am 60. I have been living in LA for the past year on and off and have been blaming the air quality for the recent congestion Ive been experiencing. Last weekend was scary. Shortly after brushing my teeth my throat started producing an EXCESSIVE amount of mucous and thought I was going into anaphylactic shock. It was difficult to breathe so I ran up to the hotel room and drank some childrens benadryl and within 10 minutes or so felt better. I started questioning the coffee I had just had and small amount of food, etc. and everything else I had been exposed to including the Crest.. I decided to eliminate Crest for a few days and use baking soda or just plain water in addition to flossing. It's been 4 days and already my eyes have cleared up, the excessive mucous production is gone and I am no longer spending my morning coughing and throat clearing. What other habits do we have everyday that are detrimental to our health and that we never question? I feel so much better since eliminating Crest from my daily routine. It took almost choking to death to realize something this obvious was affecting my health. Think about it....toothpaste residue is sitting in our mouths for a long time overnight! What other problems is it creating?

Anonymous said...

Wow! I thought I was crazy (as did my husband) to think I had a toothpaste allergy but all of these comments are so in line with my own experience. I have very sensitive skin, which has only gotten worse over time. I cannot use soaps, lotions or cosmetics without breaking out in a lovely rash but now...toothpaste, really? I have found that Tom's orange gel variety seems ok, but like most of you I have had a hard time finding a non-minty or cinnamon flavored paste. Also, 3+ years ago I was diagnosed with moderate periodantal disease even though I never had painful, bleeding gums. Since I stopped using mint toothpaste my gums have improved dramatically. I suspect the two are linked. Good luck everyone.

Hydas Pansiyon said...

I have the same problem for a few months now. Whenever I brush my teeth I get swollen lips. Sometimes upper lips sometimes my lower lips get swollen. I tooth it was something else but then I understood that it is the toothpaste. I tried to use the sensodyne but nothing changed. I live in Turkey and there is a tree called miswak. Some of the toothpaste companies use this tree in their products. I will be buying this branch of the tree and clean my teeth with it. I hope it works.
www.hydaspansiyon.com

Anonymous said...

most toothpastes contain pollen, or substances that cross-react with pollen, so can cause any or all symptoms described here...hayfever sufferers beware: foods containing pollen can cause or aggrivate the problem, so get tested for pollen allergy and then make sure you get related diet advice...from someone... I know from experience that many doctors, like everyone else, think polken only comes in flowers! Good luck, Jakia, UK

Anonymous said...

don't know about in USA, but in UK the food industry isn't required to include pollen on allergy lists, so, until that changes, getting toothpaste companies to list allergens won't help as much as it could. Specialists and othe professionals have so much control over what we 'need to know' it's rediculous ...they're meant to save us from years of research, not be the reason we undertake it...! Jakia

Anonymous said...

As you might have guessed from an earlier, brief visit to this site, I have a pollen allergy; if I eat ie Amisa's lovely Buckwheat crispbreads (which I did because they're gluten-free), I'll have a nose bleed the next day. They don't mention pollen under 'allergy advice'...they're not obliged to.

I know from experience (from eliminating and then re-introducing foods) that if I don't eat foods containing pollen (ie whole grains & NB: bleached flour could be whole grain) then I hardly suffer when the air's pollen count is high.

Also, over consumption of a food stuff can cause a sensitivity to it, especially in people with compromised immune systems ~ it's one of the reasons we're advised to have a varied diet.
The last thing you want to do is ingest something you're allergic to, and although you might not swallow toothpaste it is absorbed by your mouth, especially when you have sores.

Theory: antiseptics, such as tea tree oil, put in toothpaste to 'prevent' problems, can, through over use, cause sensitivity to antiseptic ingredients. Whereas (once you've recovered from the sensitiviy), if you use them only when needed there may be less chance of a negative reaction.

I'm guessing the same applies to anti-biotics ~ if they weren't in our food supply (the machine's quick and easy way to 'treat' us?!) we might not need to use eg nystatin or canesten with each prescribed dose.

With a healthy diet (eg lots of greens, some protein, low carb, no refined sugar) your teeth won't suffer much and may even recover a bit.

While looking for everything-free toothpaste, I came across a website that discusses these very things, and more, so (if you can cope with the hype about the blogger's book!) check out the index in the left margin...there's bound to be something of use to you there:
www.curetoothdecay.com/about

As soon as my local supplier re-stocks their supply of Miswak, I'll give that a try, though I'm sure its "fragrance" is going to be one more thing I can't 'over-use'.
But hope is not entirely lost ...even though nut allergies prevent me doing any oil pulling, I hear that Calcium Bentonite Clay is good at soaking up bacteria, metals, toxins and even viruses, and if / when it enters your body it passes through without being absorbed ...if eaten it can, however, coat your gut, making it harder for your body to digest nutrients and medicines, so spitting it out is probably a good idea.
If you google "wiki medicinal clay" you'll find clear info about its properties, many uses, and (lastly) its possible side effects ~ google will find lots of sites discussing the use of this clay in tooth powders, but, as the other ingredients could be problematic, it's best to research them too.
For tips on how to recognize good quality clay, see:
www.aboutclay.com/info/Articles/criteria-for-selecting-a-quality-healing-clay.htm
Here's hoping I'm not sharing bad advice!
Best wishes, Jakia

Anonymous said...

I developed a toothpaste allergy a few years ago. I'm convinced that use of Sensodyne is what set me off, and now I'm allergic to everything. I get sore and tender lips, sores at the corner of my mouths, bumps on the back of my tongue. I tried every toothpaste on the market, no luck. For awhile I was making a home made mixture of coconut oil and baking soda, but eventually that too become a problem. Now, I brush my teeth with a 50/50 mixture of water and mint listerine. It freshens my breath, kills germs, and I rely on my Sonicare to do the teeth cleaning. This works for me. I'm amazed at how little awareness there is of this problem, dentists are clueless. But, I've come to terms with it. Life does go on without toothpaste!

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tom c said...

So happy my husband and I are NOT alone! I have severe chest tightness/pain, red itchy chin, severe sore throat, slightly itchy eyes, and flem after all commercial toothpastes! We now brush with baking soda and floss. The problems went away! :) We think it's the SLS! I have to take benadryl if I brush with commercial toothpaste and react. Horrible way to live and not worth it! Funny thing is I grew up with Crest and Pepsodent toothpastes and never had a problem. Then suddenly out of the blue we are allergic! Crazy!

Michelle Ahrens said...

Michelle, Like many of you I am glad that it is just not me. I have been using Edgar Casey idea of tooth cleaner, a dash of salt in the palm of your hand top off with dash of baking soda.wet your tooth brush dip into the mixture and brush gently around and on your gums you do not want to tear the tissue.How ever I do give my teeth and tongue good brushing.I have just started adding olive oil to my paste works wonders.Try adding powder ginger not a bad taste once in a while I try tooth paste,bad mistake.Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Canada. I suffer from dry mouth syndrome and resulting bad breath and the only toothpaste that works for me is Biotene and its mouthwash every 4 hours. I think it is the SLS in regular toothpaste I am allergic to which made my mouth more dry and bacteria multiplied as a result. I have been dealing with this since I was 11 years old and am now middle aged.

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